Sirui VH-15 Fluid Video Head

Sirui VH-15 Fluid Video Head

Sirui VH-15 Fluid Video Head

B&H # SISUVH15 MFR # SUVH15
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Product Highlights

  • Supports 22 Pounds
  • Fixed Spring Counterbalance
  • Variable Tilt Drag
  • Fixed Pan Drag
  • Independent Pan and Tilt Locks
  • Quick Release Plate Safety Lock
  • Manfrotto Compatible Quick Release Plate
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • Flat Base
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The Sirui VH-15 Fluid Video Head, pronounced Soo-Ray, is a precision-machined aluminum video head that supports up to 22 pounds. It features a fixed spring counterbalance that helps bring the head to a neutral position and variable tilt drag, with 0 drag for fast tilt positioning; pan drag is preset and fixed. The pan and tilt locks allow you to set a shot and lock off the head so it doesn't move for lock-off shots.

The Manfrotto compatible sliding Quick Release (QR) plate helps to balance your camera, and the head comes with a safety lock for the QR plate. The head features 2 bubble levels, and the VH-15 Video Head can be mounted to available ball adapters, tripods, and other camera supports, not included, via the 3/8" threaded female receiver on the flat base.

Precision machining and forged aircraft aluminum body provides a rugged, reliable head that weighs less than two pounds.
The fixed spring counterbalance works to return the fluid head to its neutral position.
Individual pan and tilt locks allow you to lock one axis without affecting the movement of the other.
The head incorporates two bubble levels. One is found on the base of the head, so you can level the legs. The second bubble level is built into the side of the camera platform.
The VH-15 head can be mounted on available flat base tripod legs. Available adapters, not included, allow you to mount the fluid head to tripods with a 75mm bowl.
In the Box
Sirui VH-15 Fluid Video Head
  • Handle
  • Quick Release Plate (Manfrotto compatible)
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Material Aluminum alloy
    Load Capacity 22 lb / 10 kg
    Tripod Fitting Flat base with 3/8"-16 threaded female mounting hole
    Counterbalance Fixed: 8.8 lb (4 kg)
    Tilt Range -90 to 75°
    Tilt Drag Stepless
    Tilt Lock Yes
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Drag Fixed
    Pan Lock Yes
    Leveling Bubble 2 x bubble levels
    Dimensions 15.8 x 6.7 x 4.8" / 402 x 171 x 122 mm
    Weight 3.7 lb / 1.7 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 8.4 x 6.8"
    VH-15 Fluid Video Head is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking to Buy Second Sirui VH-15 Fluid Head I've really enjoyed my fluid head from Sirui. It'll soon be almost a year since I bought it and it has served me very well. It's a fluid head for heavy duty cameras and it shows. The panning and tilting are extremely smooth and the handle feels great. I've been lucky enough to play with a Manfrotto 504HD fluid head for comparison sakes. The Sirui offers less frills and keeps it simple. It doesn't get as loose as the 504, which tends to get too flimsy for my gear. The handle on the 504 also feels cheap compared the the Sirui. To each their own and I shouldn't be making too many comparisons as they're both great heads, but for $$less, this head is wonderful and I'm looking to purchase a second.
    Date published: 2016-03-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slick build but poor function This head is a very sleek solidly built unit. However, The pan function sticks at the start and stop and is overall not fluid throughout the pan. This was very noticeable on my last shoot with a Canon C100 and 70-200 lens with rails and follow focus. The tilt lock does not actually lock the head. With the lock mechanism engaged, it does not take too much pressure to continue to tilt the head. This is a real concern with any unbalanced loads. Another very annoying locking issue has been noticed with the quick release plate tightening lock. The mechanism only tightens so far and is not adjustable. I have found the compatible Manfrotto plates slide significantly. There is also no way to adjust how tight this will lock onto the plate. It is a set, spring loaded, mechanism. My work around has been to carefully layer small strips of gaff tape onto the end of the mechanism that pushes against the plate to create a nice snug fit. So, while this head is sleek and feels solid, the function is very disappointing. For the $350 I paid I would expect more and find myself reverting to my old Manfrotto 501 HDV which is only rated for half the weight but allows me to confidently lock down my load.
    Date published: 2016-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful head, one compatibility issue I bought this to use with a Panasonic GH4, prime lenses and a rig. I was looking for a 501PL compatible fluid head with the right amount of counterbalance, and I absolutely got what I wanted. The build quality is great, and the fluid motions are very smooth. I bought a VH-10 as a companion but was not satisfied with it because the QR clamp was smaller than on the VH-15 and would not fit certain of my third party plates (Sachtler, Gitzo and Manfrotto). In comparison, the VH-15 is much bigger than the VH-10 and for anything other than travel the one to get, in my opinion. I discovered an important incompatibility for the Sirui plates, however, and want to warn everyone. SIRUI PLATES WILL FALL OUT FORWARD ON A MANFROTTO 577!!! Obviously this could potentially cause grievous damage to your gear, so don't mix them! The issue is that the tab underneath the Sirui plates does not protrude far enough towards the center to be fully compatible with the 577; the Sirui safety stop is further to the side than the Manfrotto. The Sirui plates will still safety-stop on my Sachtler Ace base plate and Gitzo G2380 head, but will pass without a hitch right through my Manfrotto 577... My strategy for dealing with this is simply not to use the Sirui plate, ever. If you get this head, I suggest you test the plate with any and every other clamp you own, and if it does not catch on any of them, don't use the plate.
    Date published: 2015-11-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and beautifully made Overall I love this fluid head, for the price. It provides very smooth motions, and it has a very high build quality. I use it in combination with a Sachtler Ace rig, a Panasonic GH4 and various prime lenses. The fixed counterbalance is just about right for this setup, and I've ordered a VH-10 which I calculate will be right for the GH4 without the rig. I particular like that the plates are 501PL compatible as I am already invested in this system (I use a Kirk 501PL adapter in combination with a RRS AS clamp on the camera body). The main issue I have, besides the intentional limitations of the unit with a fixed counterbalance etc.) is that there are two sources of rattle. To be fair, now that I have become sensitized, I am seeing worse rattles in other equipment, such as for example in the Sachtler Ace accessories. On the VH-15, the main culprit is the otherwise really nice aluminum, red anodized plate release button. It rattles quite easily! The other one is the lock lever for the arm. The other similar looking levers for the pan function and the plate do not rattle - they are built a little differently. The release button rattle is worse than the arm clamp lever rattle. One other item worth pointing out is that the continue tilt drag adjustment is not as useful as you might think. One main reason is that it is combined with the tilt lock function, whereas really it would be better to have a separate lock lever, and leave the drag setting alone when wanting to lock. I like the VH-15 so well I've ordered a VH-10 for use with my bare camera, without a rig. The VH-15 has a fixed 4kg counterbalance spring; the VH-15 has a fixed 2kg counterbalance spring. If considering whether these are right for you, keep in mind that these weights are expressed for a low center of mass height, but with a mirrorless or DSLR setup, or a matte box, the mass will be higher. My rig setup is approx. 3.3 kg and the 4 kg spring is almost perfect, but just a little light. If I could dial in 4.2 kg it would be just about right, I think. The same types of problems occur with stepped counterbalance systems like the Sachtlers, etc. by the way. The rattles are not enough of a problem to skip over this product - other than this it is the highest-quality, smoothest head in this price range, and I still recommend it highly. It is an underappreciated product. It provides a night vs. day functionality improvement over my non-counterbalanced Gitzo G2380 for use with a full rig, however the Gitzo has no rattles whatsoever.
    Date published: 2015-10-31
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